In January of 2009 Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) opened a free legal clinic at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church, extending its ministry into another area of the state. The new site was made necessary by a growing need among residents of Iowa for legal assistance to assure that their immigration paperwork was in order.
Iowa JFON is a faith-based ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors has been serving clients in our communities since 1999. Established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999, Iowa JFON helps people from all over the world. Their services are available to all without regard to race, gender, or religion. Clinics are located in Cedar Rapids, Columbus Junction, Decorah, Des Moines, Ottumwa, and Storm Lake.
Each clinic relies on volunteers to welcome visitors and help them with paperwork, childcare, or translation, depending on their interest and skills. A attorney who specializes in immigration law helps persons review their immigration status and make application for permanent residency, among other potential services.
A Matthew 25 grant from the Northwest District has helped to support this ministry with funds made possible by the apportionment gifts of United Methodist churches throughout Iowa.